United States of America -- Hawaii -- Honolulu County -- Honolulu
Hee Family Garden (Honolulu, Hawaii)
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13 digital images (2022) and 1 file folder
This property had a house built in 1940 and an overgrown garden of tropical plants, especially invasive strawberry guava trees when the current owners acquired it in 1970. In 1990 landscape architect James C. Hubbard created a half-acre back garden, removing the invasives and planting a fresh tropical garden. His design used swathes of grass to open up views of Ko' olau Mountains and the neighboring protected forest's bamboo and tropical trees including kukui or candlenut, employing the Japanese concept shakkei, or the art of borrowed scenery. In 2015 the owners built a contemporary style house for their multigenerational family that is sprawling and tiered and hugs the mountainside. They needed a new garden for the new house that would reflect their Asian heritage and Hawaiian location, designed by landscape architect Stephen F. Mechler.
The garden's gathering place is a large, covered patio with a lava rock wall. The plant colors are mainly green, white and blue from swathes of agapanthus and hydrangea from the earlier garden, and green and white in the front garden. There is a 70-year-old avocado tree from the original garden, an inherited lychee, Meyer lemon, vegetable and herb gardens in raised boxes to protect them from snails and slugs, and two varieties of taro that are protected from wild boar. Vegetables include green onion and beets; herbs include rosemary and basil. As the area receives 107 inches of rain each year the family does not irrigate nor do they use any synthetic chemicals in their gardens.
Generations of family are respected throughout the garden, exemplified by the lychee and inherited gray bricks that border a small Zen garden. Accessories include antique Chinese ceramic pots once used for wine and thousand- year Chinese eggs, now planted with orchid and lotus. A teardrop shaped patch of mondo grass represents and modernizes the Zen garden, usually comprised of stone. Hawaiian plants include native gingers, stumps from other gardens, and so-called canoe plants – species brought to the islands by early settlers. Seeds and cuttings from family, friends and other native island plants replace the invasives that once dominated the property.
Persons associated with the garden's design: James C. Hubbard (1990), Stephen F. Mechler (2016)
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El pavito real --La calandria = The lark --iete leguas = Seven leagues --La palomita callejera = Little dove of the streets -- El toro bravo = The wild bull --El palo verde = The palo verde tree --El sombrerito = The little hat --Las chaparreras = The chaparreras --Los barabdales del puente = The balustrade of the bridge --Corrido del norte = Ballad of the north --El jabali = The wild boar --Fue en el Africa lejana = It was in far-off Africa --El Corrido de cananea = The ballad of Cananea --Traigo mi cuarenta y cinco = I carry my forty-five.
associated with Folkways release 604
Translations by J.D. Robb and Peter Hurd.
FW-ASCH-7RR-2792 corresponds exactly to a Folkways recording: Peter Hurd sings Ranchera Songs - Spanish Folksongs of New Mexico. (FW02204). Per the abstract from the Smithsonian Folkways website: Noted fresco painter Peter Hurd presents a selection of ranchera songs from New Mexico, where he grew up among Spanish speakers in the Hondo Valley. Hurd learned some of these songs as a child, but discovered others more recently during trips to Mexico.
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This collection consists of three 5-year diaries (1978-1992) kept by Gertrude Farrington, a member of Connecticut's Ridgefield Garden Club. Farrington's diaries track her daily tasks, garden club activities, and weather forecasts, and include occasional commentaries on national events.